Court is back in session. Judge Judy returns to the bench today with her new streaming series Judy Justice. While most of us mellow with age, the 79-year-old is as cantankerous as ever. But after dominating daytime television for decades, she now faces her toughest competition yet: herself.
Judge Judy, whose real name is Judy Sheindlin, announced earlier this year that she’d signed a 120-episode deal with IMDb TV. New episodes of Judy Justice will stream every weekday, beginning Nov. 1.
You can watch the first episode here. The show is free to stream but includes ads.
She admits the new series is nearly identical to her CBS show. It’s something the network realizes too. The Guardian noted that CBS is promoting reruns of Judge Judy in the hopes that viewers will stay put rather than seek out her new show on the obscure streaming service. Sheindlin sees it all as a benefit.
“Viewers can still catch me at 4 o’clock, with my old hair,” Sheindlin told the New York Post. “And the last time I looked, Judge Judy was the number-one program in syndication in daytime television. If we can bring half of that 8 million-viewer audience with us [to Judy Justice] that’s terrific.”
Judge Judy said she moved to a streaming service because she believes it’s the best way to reach her audience.
“It’s really no different for me from what I’ve been doing, but people will be able to pick up their phones and iPads and stream it on the go,” she told the Post. “I honestly don’t know what the future of daytime broadcasting is during the afternoon. There’s so much out there … but I just have the feeling that people are demanding that entertainment come to them rather than the other way around.”
Judge Judy Adds New Faces to IMDb TV Seriese ‘Judy Justice’
The biggest difference between Judge Judy and Judy Justice — aside from her colorful new robe — is the people around her. Out is Officer Byrd, her stalwart bailiff for 25 years. Kevin Rasco, retired probation officer and entrepreneur from Los Angeles, will serve as her bailiff for the new show.
Also joining the cast are stenographer Whitney Kumar and Judge Judy’s granddaughter, Sarah Rose. Sarah Rose will serve as Sheindlin’s law clerk.
“Sarah is wired like I am,” Judge Judy says in the trailer for the series. “She’s a little snarky. I like that.”
Judge Judy and Sarah Rose finish each episode in the judge’s chambers to discuss the day’s cases.
“Judy Justice is a really exciting venture that allows me to come to streaming while producing a whole different kind of court show,” she said. “I’ve been sort of alone for the past 25 years. Now I have a new team. To have them help me create this new show is really giving me a third act or a fourth act.”